Visit the Museum Prinsenhof Delft

The Museum Prinsenhof Delft offers a unique opportunity to explore the history of the Netherlands, Delft and delftware. The museum is housed in a building of great historical importance, the site of some of the most dramatic and consequential events of Dutch history. It was once the court of William of Orange, the Father of the Dutch Nation. In the museum you will also discover the role the citizens of Delft played in the history of the Netherlands and how delftware became the global brand it is today.

Porcelain for the Forbidden City
8 April 2017 / 3 September 2017

Wierook eendDuring the early 1980s, enormous quantities of fragments were unearthed at the imperial kiln sites in the Chinese city of Jingdezhen. This archaeological discovery stunned the ceramic world: it was the earliest Ming-porcelain manufactured especially for the Chinese emperors. However, it never reached the imperial court in Beijing. 500 years later, in Porcelain for the Forbidden City, these delicately decorated objects finally receive the attention they deserve. In Museum Prinsenhof Delft, they can be seen outside of Asia for the first time.

The exhibition
The exhibition Porcelain for the Forbidden City takes the visitor on a journey to the imperial pottery kilns in Jingdezhen. This is where almost all the porcelain for the imperial court was made. A task not to be taken lightly by the potters as it required the greatest care and discretion. Archaeological research shows what the kilns must
have looked like, what production methods were used and, of course, why so much of the best porcelain in the world was destroyed. It also highlights the linkDetail schaalbetween Chinese porcelain and Dutch delftware. The next stop in the exhibition is a visit to the Forbidden City in Beijing, where the emperors ruled their empire.More than 120 objects from the Archaeological Institute in Jingdezhen and a number of outstanding pieces (on loan) from Dutch museums show how important
porcelain was in the religious rituals at the court and in the expression of political and artistic messages by the (Chinese) emperors.

Artist in Residence
The beauty and the fascinating stories of the ceramic arts ensure that the ancient crafts are still very much alive. This is vividly demonstrated by six renowned artists from China and the Netherlands. For a few weeks, they lived and worked in Delft and in Jingdezhen in order to completely immerse themselves in making Delft pottery and Chinese porcelain. Their contemporary and surprising vision has resulted in some exquisite works of art that have been incorporated in the exhibition.

Permanent exhibitions

  • Delftware, the making of a global brand

    Delftware, the making of a global brand

    What we now know as delftware was first produced in the early seventeenth century in response to the immense popularity of the Chinese blue and white porcelain that Dutch traders were importing. Thanks to the Dutch entrepreneurial spirit, this 'imitation porcelain' was developed so successfully in Delft that it gained an independent status and market, and became a global icon. Learn more about the secrets of this success while admiring some unique and very beautiful delftware masterpieces.

  • Masters in Innovation, Delft creating history

    Masters in Innovation, Delft creating history

    The citizens of Delft have played a leading role in the history of the Netherlands. Find out more about famous residents like the painters Johannes Vermeer and Michiel van Mierevelt, the scientist Anthonie van Leeuwenhoek and the jurist and philosopher Hugo de Groot. Discover how their ideas, insights and creativity changed the Netherlands and the world.

  • William of Orange, Father of the Nation

    William of Orange, Father of the Nation

    One of the most important events in Dutch history took place at the Prinsenhof: the assassination of William of Orange, the forefather of the present king of the Netherlands, King Willem-Alexander. Learn about the life of William of Orange, his dramatic death and his legacy. Visit the 'scene of the crime', where the bullet holes can still be seen in the wall, have a look at a 'who's who' in the royal family and find out just how much influence the Founding Father still has in the Netherlands today.

Visitors information

Opening hours

Daily from 11:00-17:00 hours.

Closed on Kingsday (27/4), Christmas Day and New Year's Day.


Adults: € 12,00
Children 3 years and under: free
Children 4 through 12 years: € 3,00
Children 13 through 18 years: € 6,00
Student pass/ISIC cardholders: € 7,00
CJP (Youth Culture Pass) holders: € 9,00
Groups (ten people and over): € 9,00 p.p.

Admission free:
for holders of a Museum card, ICOM card, Delft pass, Rotterdam pass, Friends of the Museum Prinsenhof Delft and members of the Rembrandt Association.

We accept the following tourist cards:

  • Prinsenstad combiticket and Vermeer combiticket
  • HelloDelft Card
  • Holland Pass

Plan your visit

Audio guides and guided tours of the Museum Prinsenhof Delft are available. Combined guided tours to the Museum Prinsenhof Delft, the New Church and the Medieval Prison in the City Hall can also be arranged.

Audio guide

The audio guides are available in Dutch, English and German.
Costs: € 1,00 per device.

Guided tours

During a guided tour you will be introduced to the museum's remarkable past. The Museum Prinsenhof Delft offers a variety of tours, according to your interests. Together with friends, colleagues or family, or on your own, you will gain new insights on the objects in the collection and see them in a new light.

Guided tours are available in different languages: Dutch, English, German, French and Italian.
Costs: from € 80,00 per group.
Information and reservations: [email protected]

Free city walk app 'Where is Vermeer'

You might wish to continue your visit to the museum with a walk in the historic city centre of Delft. Download the free app and Johannes Vermeer's aunt will guide you through the city.


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Museum shop

The museum shop offers a wide range of souvenirs, books, luxury articles and modern Dutch design.

Food and drinks

Our museum cafe is located in the entrance hall and has a terrace in the beautiful garden of the museum. We serve sandwiches, specialty pastries, coffee, tea, wine, beer and other drinks.

Visiting Delft?

Besides the Prinsenhof Museum, Delft has a lot to offer! The city is well-known for its ties with the Dutch Royal family and the famous painter Vermeer. Delft is also world renowned for its Delft Blue earthenware and its lovely canals. In the beautifully preserved historic centre of Delft you will have a great experience with the rich history of the city. A city of great charm with the best Holland has to offer. Delft is an absolute 'must-see' during your visit to the Netherlands. Check out to plan your stay in Delft. Enjoy!

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